Tell us a bit about your business.
I'm a licensed real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty Greater Seattle, and I have a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. My wife and I purchased our home in South Seattle nearly tree years ago. This wonderful experience, coupled with my negative experience during the housing crisis in 2008, led me to consider a career in real estate to help people navigate these waters. I finally took the leap last year and resigned from my fifteen-year career in medical administration, achieved my real estate license, and am now assisting clients with the purchase and sale of homes in the Greater Seattle area.
What is something your business does to benefit the LGBTQ community?
I try to approach all of my professional interactions with the intent to assist and empower whenever possible. One of the reasons I decided to change careers, was so I could commit more time to give back to the LGBTQ+ community. Last summer, I volunteered as a cabin counselor with Camp Ten Trees and it was a life changing experience. It had such a strong impact on me that I joined the organization's board of directors,plan to volunteer every year going forward, and am donating a percentage of every real estate commission I earn to Camp Ten Trees.
What made you decide to become a GSBA member?
I have been referencing the GSBA Guide & Directory for years, and I always look forward to receiving a copy at the Pride parade each June. After attending several GSBA networking events, it was clear to me that the GSBA membership benefits extend far beyond inclusion in the guide. When I compared these events to others I've been to in the past, I felt like I could truly be myself around the GSBA community. I felt so empowered when I attended my first Women On Top event and free to discuss the issues that are important to me. I've met many amazing community members and business owners through already through the GSBA. So as a member, I'm very excited to become more involved with these programs, events, and explore philanthropy.